Academic Curriculum

A high quality educational experience for pupils to achieve their best

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Individual and child-centred approach to education

Our pupils are at the centre of everything we do. Everyone is treated as an individual and our child-centred approach to education ensures they develop a natural curiosity, motivation and thirst for learning.

Within our classrooms you will see a mix of tradition and innovation.

Our whole-child educational approach ensures our pupils are wholly engaged and there is energy and flexibility in the classroom with the right balance of support and challenge from our staff to enable every pupil to achieve their best.

Creative subjects of Sport, Art, Music and Drama enhance our academic curriculum to develop fully-rounded and adventurous people.





Pre-Prep / Prep

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Berkhamsted Prep is located at our Doctors Commons Road site, from Years 3 – 6.

At age 7, our pupils at Berkhamsted Pre-Prep transfer to Berkhamsted Prep where the curriculum expands to include a wider range of subjects.

While literacy and numeracy remain the key foundation skills, the following subjects gain increasing importance:

Science Art
French Design & Food
History Computing
Geography Music
Religious Education Drama

A Learning-Powered school

“Building Learning Power” BLP systematically cultivates habits and attitudes that help our pupils develop an awareness of how they learn and what they need to do to improve.

At Berkhamsted Prep we educate for lifelong learning.

Our care for our students remains long after they have left the School – we want their time with us to set them up for a successful and happy future life.

We see BLP have a positive impact on a daily basis. For example, our pupils:

  • Ask intelligent questions to further their understanding
  • Can explain how different topics and subjects are linked to and rely on each other
  • Know how to listen actively and respond with compassion
  • Are able to spot patterns and identify the big picture as well as the fine detail
  • Appreciate the importance of planning ahead and reviewing progress regularly
  • Understand the different roles they need to play when working together as a team and know how to resolve conflict
  • Develop strategies that build resilience and view challenges and mistakes as valuable learning opportunities

The skills and habits learnt within BLP lead to independent learning and divergent thinking in our pupils.

We see that BLP helps our pupils to focus and concentrate on their academic work with the ability to find several solutions for a problem.

Our pupils are the best examples of the tangible benefits of BLP – if you would like to find out more, have a chat with them about it on your visit.


A vital part of pupil development, motivating children and helping them to improve

Assessment is a vital part of pupil development, helping your child to learn and also be motivated to learn.

Assessment is ongoing throughout pupils’ time with us. Personal feedback from our staff to our pupils is hugely important, as is the marking of work and regular setting of achievable targets.

We meet with parents for consultation evenings about your child’s progress twice each year, although our staff are available to discuss issues that may need urgent attention by mutual appointment at any time in the school year.

We pride ourselves in sharing pupil progress not only with pupils’ parents, but also with the children themselves. This motivates the pupils as they become clear about their progress and achievement and understand the priorities for learning that our staff identify.

Learning Support

Maintaining a positive learning environment for every pupil 

We cater for children of all abilities – whether they are finding their academic studies particularly difficult and need access to alternative ways of learning, or whether they need more of an academic challenge in order to accelerate their learning and personal achievements.

At Berkhamsted Prep we operate a ‘Whole School Approach’ to meet the needs of every student. We understand that all children are different and we use a variety of teaching methods so that all students have the opportunity to excel.

Overseen by our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), our Learning Support department supports pupils to ensure they are able to achieve to the best of their ability. If a child is identified with learning difficulties at the Pre-Prep or Prep, they will receive the support they need throughout their time with us.

Learning support lessons are arranged on a one-to-one basis and may be subject to additional charges.

We facilitate all pupils achieving their true potential. Valuing, understanding and supporting pupils of all abilities is vital to make sure that every child remains motivated to succeed.